The Prostitute and Society

Victoria Harris

in Selling Sex in the Reich

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578573
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722936 | DOI:
The Prostitute and Society

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This chapter examines the relationship between the prostitute milieu and wider society. It begins with the example of citizen vigilante Hermann Abel and the anti‐prostitution newspaper he produced in Hamburg in the 1920s, before moving to other popular responses to prostitution during the period. It explores the differences in motivation and scope between different types of complaints about prostitution. What, in relation to the sex trade, did different individual and groups complain about and why? What caused citizens to choose one particular mechanism of complaint over another? What factors predisposed some citizens to be more likely to make a complaint than others? Why might some citizens not have complained at all?

Keywords: Hermann Abel; police; modernity; moral panics; emancipation; grassroots; citizenship; complaint; Leipzig; new woman

Chapter.  14507 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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